On Wednesday 24th March 2010, UK publisher Headline held a bloggers party at Headline Towers in London. Lots of bloggers attended, as well as six authors: Dan Wells (I am Not a Serial Killer), Carole Matthews (loads of great chick-lit, For Better, For Worse is my favourite), Alex Bell (Lex Trent Versus the Gods), Paul Magrs (The Diary of a Dr Who Addict), Jonathan L Howard (Johannes Cabal the Necromancer) and Sean Cregan (The Levels).
The Headline offices were lovely, as was the board room on the 16th floor. We definitely got a great view out of that window! I finally got to catch up with blogger friends, as well as meet some for the first time. In attendance was Carolyn (Book Chick City), Sophie (So Many Books, So Little Time - so good to finally meet you!), Jo (Once Upon a Bookcase), Carla (The Crooked Shelf), Liz (My Favourite Books), Gav (NextRead), Sammee (I Want to Read That), Rhys (Thirst For Fiction), Amanda (Floor to Ceiling Books), Becky (The Bookette) and Dot (Dot Scribbles). I also got to meet Headline editors and publicists I've been email chatting to for ages (2+ years in one case), which was brilliant. They're all so lovely!
I was really excited to meet Dan Wells, as again I've been chatting to him for almost a year, and he's lovely. Funny too, and he has the BEST hat. Sadly I didn't get a picture of it, but it's very cool, eh, Dan?
Anyway, after coffee with a few bloggers and Alex Bell, we went to the event, for some quick mingling and a Headline video presentation. It went through most of their major books and authors, including Gossip Girl, Adele Parks, Ember Fury, and upcoming title Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw (it looks amazing - add it to your wishlists!). There were lots more books and authors mentioned, but I can't remember them all, and hadn't heard of a lot as they were adult fiction. Still, all looked good!
After the presentation, it was time for food, drink and more chatting before a very cool quiz. We were divided into teams, and I was team pink (diamond), which was the same team as Carole Matthews (we got second place in the quiz!). She's a funny lady, and we had a good talk about Twilight and New Moon. Unfortunately, I end up talking about it everywhere I go, to anyone, so sorry about that. The quiz was fun, and was divided into rounds. There was a YA round (phew!) and I'm glad to report that I got all 5 questions right. I would have been ashamed of myself if I hadn't!
Then we mingled some more, before heading off to a local pub. Dan Wells chatted for a bit longer, about US/UK differences, and whatever other random stuff we got talking about. What an entertaining man he is, and also very knowledgeable when it comes to serial killers! (IANASK is released in the US next week.. hint hint). I was tired by this point, so Carla and I went to get food and find our hotel, ready for a day of book shopping on Thursday (you can read more about that on Carla's blog).
The Headline event was a great success, and I'm glad this publisher is doing so well, as they're one of my favourites. If you haven't read any of their stuff, check them out. They publish a wide range of YA (as well as adult fiction), and have some very exciting stuff coming up. Big thanks and hello's to H, Maura, Sam and Helena - thanks for inviting me guys, and hopefully see you all sometime soon!
And signed books...